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Jordan Spieth shoots 63 to take lead in Travelers debut

Jordan Spieth didn't take long to figure out TPC River Highlands.

Making his debut at the Connecticut course, the 23-year-old Texan had eight birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship.

Spieth birdied five of the first eight holes and took sole possession of the lead on the final hole, hitting a wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the par-4 18th.

"Being 3 under through four it helps you walk a little easier, it helps kind of the shots you are playing throughout the round," Spieth said. "You don't feel like you have to take as many chances and I was able to play away from pins when I was in a little bit of trouble."

The two-time major champion tied for 35th on Sunday in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Johnson Wagner and Brett Stegmaier, a Connecticut native who grew up about 25 miles from the course in Madison, were tied for second.

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Once a fan in the crowd, Zaback now in Travelers field

Zach Zaback might be playing the ultimate in PGA Tour home games. (0:37)

Zach Zaback might be playing the ultimate in PGA Tour home games. The 23-year-old UConn grad, who has status on PGA Tour Latinoamerica, has a family home at TPC River Highlands. Was he intimidated by a strong field? (0:37)

Jun 22, 2017

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Unlike some of his fellow Travelers Championship competitors, Zach Zaback didn't fly in a private jet to this week's tournament. He wasn't chauffeured to the course in a taxi service. He didn't even receive a courtesy car.

Nope, none of that was necessary -- because his mom dropped him off.

Zach grew up in nearby Farmington, and his family has owned a membership here at TPC River Highlands for the past six years. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he played in 46 career events, claimed 15 top-10 finishes and twice won the state amateur...


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Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed headline Quicken Loans National field

Rickie Fowler was in contention for his first major championship heading into the final round of the U.S. Open last weekend. The ninth-ranked player in the world instead was unable to make up a two-shot deficit after 54 holes and finished in a three-way tie for fifth.

Making his first start since then, Fowler headlines the field at next week’s Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Fowler was among 120 players to commit to the field that was announced early Friday night.

Also participating are Justin Thomas, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season who was tied for ninth at the U.S. Open, and Patrick Reed, who played a significant role in helping the United States win the Ryder Cap last year at Hazeltine.

Thomas is ranked 12th in the world, and Reed is 17th.

[Fowler has blistering first round at U.S. Open]

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With late mom 'looking after' him, Harry Ellis reaches British Amateur final

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SANDWICH, England – Florida State’s Harry Ellis might just have help from above when he faces Australian Dylan Perry in the final of the British Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s.

The Englishman defeating Italy’s Luca Cianchetti, 3 and 2, in the semifinals, while Perry bettered Florida’s Alejandro Tosti by the same score.

Ellis, a rising senior, lost his mother Tracy to cancer in December 2013 just over a year after becoming the youngest winner of the English Amateur. The 21-year-old was just 16 when he won his national championship, taking over from Sir Nick Faldo as the championship’s youngest winner.

The sports management student has had to do a lot of growing up since losing his mother. Florida State has played a major part in helping him mature into a British Amateur finalist, and a certain Great Britain & Ireland...


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Lack of coordination on Obama center, Tiger Woods golf course threatens Jackson Park redesign

Before he became America's foremost landscape architect, shaping Chicago's Jackson and Washington parks as well as New York's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted was a fervent abolitionist. So it's easy to imagine Olmsted reveling in the fact that Jackson Park will be home to a center honoring the nation's first African-American president.

But the planning process for that park, which took on new layers of complexity Wednesday with the unveiling of a design for a $30 million Tiger Woods golf course in the park's southern end, almost surely would have given Olmsted pause.

He believed that all elements of a park should be subordinated to a greater whole. That's what the designers in charge of a Chicago Park District push to draft a new plan for Jackson Park said at a public meeting Wednesday.

Yet such an all-encompassing vision is not yet evident. Latent conflicts between different...


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Perry heroics keep dream alive - Golf Australia

Dylan Perry

Dylan Perry is enjoying a great week at Royal St George's.

The Hunter Valley's Dylan Perry will fly the Australian flag alone when The Amateur Championship reaches quarter-final stage tonight at Royal St George's in England.

The Vintage Golf Club member enjoyed two great wins overnight and became the last Aussie when Wodonga's Zach Murray bowed out in the round of 16.

Perry accounted for Frenchman Frederic Lacroix in a weather-interrupted morning match, before grabbing a thrilling win on the 19th hole against American Hayden Springer.

After a two-hour lightning delay with his match against Lacroix knotted through 16 holes, Perry came out firing making a clutch birdie on the 17th hole.

"We were all square through thunderstorm delay, then after we headed back out, I piped a drive and hit a seven iron to a foot to go one up down the last," he told Golf NSW.

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Donald Trump drives golf cart on green at Trump National Golf Course - The Australian

Donald Trump Drives Golf Cart on Green at Trump National Golf Course
Donald Trump breaks golf's golden rule.

US President Donald Trump has been spotted breaking golf’s golden rule, driving his golf cart on the green of the course that will host the US Women’s Open in three weeks’ time.

Driving like he owns the place — actually, he does own the Trump National Golf Club — the president blatantly ignored a rule that is drummed into amateurs and professionals the world over during a round earlier this month.

Wearing his trademark “Make America Great Again” cap, Trump gave some clue as to why the particular green may have irked him during the round. Asked how his round was going, an irritated Trump said: “Good, until this hole”.

Day ignores Tiger tip - Golf Australia - Golf Australia

Jason Day

Jason Day looks to the heavens for help after missing a putt in Connecticut.

Jason Day pondered a tip in a text from Tiger Woods this week, but the Australian's struggles continued as Emirates Australian Open champion Jordan Spieth made the early running in the US PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Day began with a two-over par 72 with 31 putts that left him tied-111th through the first round at TPC  River Highlands in Cromwell.

Woods, who is undergoing treatment after being arrested while asleep at the wheel of his vehicle near his home in Florida recently, texted Day during the US Open last week, but Day did not call back.

"He texted me after I shot 79 (at the US Open on Thursday) and said, ‘Hey, before you work on something, call me because I saw something’,” Day said.

"I was like, 'Yeah, you saw 79 shots'. I didn’t call him because I was so angry."

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Poorer golf clubs under pressure as developers eye prime land - The Age

Melbourne's poorer golf clubs are merging, relocating or closing – in some cases for residential development – while the city's richest sandbelt courses thrive.

And with some clubs facing decreasing memberships and considering selling to developers, the Andrews government on Friday released a report to help decide the fate of land currently used for golf.

The Eastern Golf Club in Doncaster is being redeveloped for housing. The Eastern Golf Club in Doncaster is being redeveloped for housing. Photo: John Woudstra

The sport is still popular, played by more than 300,000 Victorians and making an $849 million contribution to the state economy.

But almost half of Victoria's 374 golf courses are in financial stress.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne says golf clubs are facing pressures. Planning Minister Richard Wynne says golf clubs are facing pressures. Photo: Jesse Marlow

While exclusive courses in Melbourne's "sandbelt" – among them Kingston Heath in Cheltenham, Metropolitan Golf Club in Oakleigh and Royal Melbourne in...


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Review: 2017 VW Golf GTI 2.0 TSI - The Australian - The Australian

The new model had slightly different trim in the headlights.

One of the problems for VW is that so much money has been put aside to compensate customers for Dieselgate that there’s only a few euros left in the petty cash tin for research and development. Take the new Golf GTI. Well, VW says it’s new. In reality it’s a facelift of the current Mk 7 in the hope that existing owners will feel compelled to sell their old model and sign on the dotted line of whatever nonsensical finance arrangement the beancounters have come up with this time.

I am one of these existing owners. The Golf GTI is my daily drive. It is an extremely good car, apart from the fact it’s permanently convinced it has a puncture when it hasn’t. I get in it in the morning, start it up and it says: “You have a puncture.” So I push the button saying: “No, I haven’t.” And when I get back into it to go home from work,...


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Day signs wrong score, misses cut at PGA - Wide World of Sports

Jason Day has missed the cut at the Travelers Championship. (AAP-file)
Jason Day has missed the cut at the Travelers Championship. (AAP-file)

Jason Day has missed the cut at the Travelers Championship. (AAP-file)

Jason Day signed for a wrong score at the Traveler's Championship on Friday before missing the cut for the second week in a row, in another disappointing performance by the world No.4.

Day shot 69 but signed for a 70 after marking a par on his card at the third hole, where he actually made birdie.

Under the rules, a player is not disqualified for signing for a higher score than he shoots.

The Australian bogeyed the last and signed for a two-over 142 total, two strokes shy of making the cut at the Cromwell course.

Last week he missed the weekend at the US Open, which also saw his world ranking drop by one.

World No.3 Rory McIlroy, who also missed the cut at the US Open and dropped one spot in the rankings, slipped while playing his approach shot to the final hole, leading to an unexpected bogey.

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Aussie Dylan Perry reaches The Amateur Championship Final - Golf Australia Magazine

Perry, 22, played steady golf and was never behind in his semi-final as he eliminated Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti 3 & 2 to become the first Australian to reach the final since Bryden Macpherson, who went on to lift the trophy at Hillside in 2011.

The New South Welshman, who hails from the Hunter Valley but is now based at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, did well in this event last year where he made it through to the fourth round.

Now he has an opportunity to win one of golf’s most coveted titles and gain a place in the field of the Open Championship next month at Royal Birkdale, as well as the 2018 Masters and US Open Championships.

If Perry wins it would again shine a spotlight on amateur golf in this country with Australian golfers holding the British and US Amateur titles at the same time. It was only last August when Curtis Luck, who has since turned professional, won the...


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Chris Riley introduced as Head Coach for Men's Golf

June 23, 2017

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of San Diego introduced Chris Riley as its new head men’s golf coach at a press conference this morning that included media, key campus members, supporters of USD Golf, members of the San Diego golf community, family and friends.

“Growing up, loving and learning the game of golf here in San Diego, I’m thrilled with the opportunity to join USD and lead the men’s golf team,” Riley said. “My goal is to graduate fine young men, win championships and make an impact in the community.”

“I am very excited to announce the hiring of Chris Riley as our head men’s golf coach,” Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis said. “While his pedigree as a collegiate and professional golfer is unmatched amongst college coaches and will certainly be a tremendous asset for current and future Toreros, it is his values system, humble...


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Trump golfing? Aides won't say, but video tells the tale

Apparently so.

President Donald Trump hit the links at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminsiter, New Jersey, over the June 10-11 weekend, according to a golfer who also played the course and took a video of the President.

That video is the only reason the public knows Trump was golfing because White House aides, seemingly to obscure whether the President, who was once critical about another president playing golf, declined to say.

The video, posted by Twitter user @MikeNFrank, also shows Trump breaking a cardinal rule of golf: Driving a cart on the green. (According to Golfweek, golfers should "Keep your cart ... about 30 feet away from the greens.")

"It's the only place you can drive on the green, your own golf course," a man is overheard saying on the video.

"Thanks, fellas," Trump said as he drove up, while the people behind the camera asked how Trump is doing.

"Everything good?"...


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Lahiri (73-63) extols virtues of meditation

CROMWELL, Conn. – Anirban Lahiri has covered the emotional spectrum this week at the Travelers Championship, following his opening 73 with a 63 on Friday that moved him to 4 under par.

For most players, those kinds of swings can be difficult. But then Lahiri isn’t most players.

Following his runner-up finish at the Memorial a few weeks ago, Lahiri spent 12 days at the Dhamma Dhara Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne Falls, Mass. For nine of those days, he did not speak.

“You go to the center for 10 days, you switch your phones off. There is no TV, you're not allowed to read,” said Lahiri, who has gone through the Vipassana program three times since 2004. “You're meditating. You're not allowed to talk. So there is like complete silence for nine and a half days or so, and you're meditating 10, 12 hours a day.”


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Perry heroics keep dream alive - Golf Australia - Golf Australia

Dylan Perry

Dylan Perry is enjoying a great week at Royal St George's.

The Hunter Valley's Dylan Perry will fly the Australian flag alone when The Amateur Championship reaches quarter-final stage tonight at Royal St George's in England.

The Vintage Golf Club member enjoyed two great wins overnight and became the last Aussie when Wodonga's Zach Murray bowed out in the round of 16.

Perry accounted for Frenchman Frederic Lacroix in a weather-interrupted morning match, before grabbing a thrilling win on the 19th hole against American Hayden Springer.

After a two-hour lightning delay with his match against Lacroix knotted through 16 holes, Perry came out firing making a clutch birdie on the 17th hole.

"We were all square through thunderstorm delay, then after we headed back out, I piped a drive and hit a seven iron to a foot to go one up down the last," he told Golf NSW.

The New South Wales state...


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Never seen before drone footage of World's Longest Golf Course - Perth Now

THIS amazing drone footage captures never-before-seen aerial views of the world's longest golf course – which spans 1,365km and takes four days to complete.

Nullarbor Links is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course along Australia's desolate Eyre Highway through spectacularly harsh terrain from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia.

Popular with tourists and truckers alike, golfers must travel down the famous trade route to play one hole in each town along the way with the greens surrounded by rugged outback desert.

And the course offers a glimpse of life Down Under like no other, with kangaroos, dingos and snakes serving as spectators as you tee off from its greens – or in some cases, reds.

It’s preferred lies all around on this unique course.Picture: Caters News Agency

The par-72 course was dreamed up by Alf Caputo, a Kalgoorlie local who set about marrying his...


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Practice pays for red-hot Ormsby - Golf Australia

Wade Ormsby

Wade Ormsby blasts a drive in Munich.

Adelaide's Wade Ormsby has fired a blemish-free 64 to take the first-round lead at the BMW International Open on the European Tour.

Ormsby arrived at Germany's Golfclub München Eichenried off the back of three missed cuts, including at last weeek's US Open, but returned to form in style, getting to eight under to take a one-shot lead from Belgian Thomas Detry.

Sergio Garcia, playing his first regular European Tour event since winning the Masters in April, carded a bogey-free 66 to sit two shots off the lead alongside Dutchman Joost Luiten and Dane Thorbjørn Olesen.

Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson was then in the group at five under as an elite field jostled for position on a congested leaderboard.

Detry had set the early target and for a long time it did not look like he would be caught before Ormsby stormed out of the blocks to turn...


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Trump infuriates golf world with 'unforgivable' act - Yahoo7 News

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Poorer golf clubs under pressure as developers eye prime land - The Age

Melbourne's poorer golf clubs are merging, relocating or closing – in some cases for residential development – while the city's richest sandbelt courses thrive.

And with some clubs facing decreasing memberships and considering selling to developers, the Andrews government on Friday released a report to help decide the fate of land currently used for golf.

The Eastern Golf Club in Doncaster is being redeveloped for housing. The Eastern Golf Club in Doncaster is being redeveloped for housing. Photo: John Woudstra

The sport is still popular, played by more than 300,000 Victorians and making an $849 million contribution to the state economy.

But almost half of Victoria's 374 golf courses are in financial stress.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne says golf clubs are facing pressures. Planning Minister Richard Wynne says golf clubs are facing pressures. Photo: Jesse Marlow

While exclusive courses in Melbourne's "sandbelt" – among them Kingston Heath in Cheltenham, Metropolitan Golf Club in Oakleigh and Royal Melbourne in...


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World Golf Top 10 Rankings

Rank Change Player Country Points Top 10 since Weeks
1 Steady McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 11.00 May 11, 2014 47
2 Steady Stenson, HenrikHenrik Stenson  Sweden 7.81 August 11, 2013 86
3 Steady Watson, BubbaBubba Watson  United States 7.57 April 13, 2014 51
4 Increase2 Spieth, JordanJordan Spieth  United States 6.90 December 7, 2014 17
5 Decrease1 Day, JasonJason Day  Australia 6.50 February 23, 2014 58
6 Decrease1 Scott, AdamAdam Scott  Australia 6.41 July 22, 2012 141
7 Increase2 Johnson, DustinDustin Johnson  United States 5.99 February 22, 2015 4
8 Steady García, SergioSergio García  Spain 5.86 January 26, 2014 62
9 Decrease2 Furyk, JimJim Furyk  United States 5.78 July 20, 2014 37
10 Increase3 Walker, JimmyJimmy Walker  United States 5.57 March 29, 2015 1

Year end world number 1 ranked golfers


Mark H. McCormack Award

Awarded to the player with the most weeks at number 1 during calendar year and named after Mark McCormack, originator of the ranking.

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